ACRI, ASU announce three programs

ALBANY, Ga. -- If you are interested in learning more about the civil rights movement, next month is the perfect time to be in Albany.

On Friday, William G. Anderson, the first president of the Albany Movement, will address the Albany State University Founder's Day Convocation at

10 a.m. in the HPER Gymnasium on the ASU campus.

Anderson was a key player in the 1961-62 effort that launched a frontal assault on Jim Crow segregation in Albany.

The Founder's Day Convocation is free and open to the public.

On April 15, the Albany Civil Rights Institute joins ASU in hosting a presentation by civil rights icon C. T. Vivian. The joint event is part of ASU's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Albany State College student protest movement.

One of the original Freedom Riders and a colleague of Martin Luther King Jr., Vivian will speak on "Remembering the Dream: A Vision Continues" in Old Mt. Zion Church at ACRI at 7:30 p.m.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

ACRI's regularly scheduled monthly Community Night, set for April 28, will feature Hank Klibanoff, Pulitzer Prize-winning co-author of "The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation."

Klibanoff will discuss his book on reporting the civil rights movement as well as his current work on reviving cold cases of civil rights activists' murders.

A book signing will follow the ACRI presentation, which begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Hilton Garden Inn Albany and Sam's Club are the sponsors of ACRI Monthly Community Nights.